Tulsa Men Sit In Second After Day One of C-USA Championships
Feb. 25, 2012
FAIR PARK, Ala. -The University of Tulsa men's track and field team used two gold medals and a dominant showing in the 5,000-meter run to end the opening day of the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in second place Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
TU currently has 38 points and trail first-place Houston but one point through the first half of competition. Tulsa finished second overall last season, but after Day One the team was in fourth with just 27 points. They also trailed the Cougars by 18 points last year.
Five events have been scored so far in the two-day competition, and Tulsa recorded points in two.
The men won 10 points after the Distance Medley Relay team captured gold for the third-straight season, this time with a facility-record time of 9:57.44. The team consisted of seniors Tom Marshall and Bill Martin, sophomore Andrew Jameson and freshman Nathan Barrett.
Tulsa dominated the 5,000, taking 28 of a possible 39 points. The leader of the pack was senior Paulo Pinheiro, who won the event with a facility-record mark of 14:11.79. The time was also second in school history and earned 10 points for TU. Tulsa has now won this event in three of the last four years.
The Golden Hurricane had four runners fill up spots 3-6, starting with senior Carl Stones. His mark of 14:23.42 was good enough for a third-place finish and fourth in TU history. Junior Sam Masters (14:27.13), sophomore Dennis Hodapp (14:30.36) and junior Geraint Davies(14:32.59) were the next three to cross the finish line, and their marks were all in the top seven in school history.
Junior Julian Frazier had a fine showing on the opening day of competition. He finished second in the preliminary rounds of both the 200 (21.62) and the 400 (48.11), and his mark in the 200 was second in school history. Senior Justin Smithalso qualified for the 200m finals (21.64) with the third-fastest time in school history.
Junior All-American Chris O'Harewas the lone member of the Golden Hurricane to qualify for the 800m finals, as he posted the fastest time in the prelims of 1:52.67.
Taylor had an almost identical number of points in last year's heptathlon (2,573), but he was sitting in eighth place at this time a year ago. Sementelli's point total is down through four events (2,603 last year), but his position is unchanged as he was also sixth after the first day a year ago.
Taylor's best showing today was in the 60m dash, as his season-best mark of 7.19 was good for a third-place finish.
Sementelli finished fifth in two events (shot put, high jump) and sixth in the other two events (60m dash, long jump).
Wilcox finished fifth in the 5,000 with a mark of 17:02.92. The time was the third fastest in school history.
Vermaak also qualified for tomorrow's final in the 800 by finishing first in the prelims in 2:11.15. Sophomore Lauren Collettewas on the outside looking in as her mark of 2:14.13 narrowly missed a chance to get her into the finals.
Senior Racquell Powellqualified for the 400 finals, as her mark of 56.11 was good for seventh in the prelims.
Junior Carolin Imhofplaced 12th in the pentathlon with 2,830 points. She finished no worse than seventh in four of the events, but her chances at scoring for TU were dashed when she no-heighted in the high jump.
Her best showing was in the shot put, when her personal-best toss of 10.76m landed her in third.
The Golden Hurricane will complete competition at the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Sunday.
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